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Agricultural Research Service Environmental Protection Specialist in Fort Collins, Colorado


This position is located in the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Plains Area, Facilities, Safety and Real Property Unit with one vacancy in Fort Collins, Colorado. The incumbent of the position is responsible for planning, organizing, and administering a comprehensive environmental protection program intertwined with a safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene, and radiation safety program for ARS employees in the Area/locations.


Manages the Area Environmental Management System (EMS) program and conducts EMS Audits and Safety, Health, and Environmental Management (SHEM) inspections and program reviews to assess the degree of regulatory and/or program compliance.

Plans, organizes, and administers a comprehensive environmental management program and a safety, occupational health, industry hygiene, and radiation safety program.

Coordinates and provides technical guidance, support and oversight regarding implementation of the Safety, Health, and Environmental Management (SHEM) programs for Area/Location employees, cooperators, and visitors.

Analyzes new construction and renovation project contracts and drawing specifications under $1 million and A-E designs and studies under $100,000 to determine compliance with SHEM requirements.

Serves as primary technical advisor in the interpretation of pertinent legislation, regulations, and standards related to environmental management, and may advise on safety, occupational health, industrial hygiene, and radiation safety programs.

Coordinates the preparation of environmental studies and impact documents for activities under consideration, construction projects, operations, and for decommissioning and/or property disposal.


Conditions of Employment


Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including time-in-grade restrictions, specialized experience and/or education, as defined below. Time in grade: Applicants must have one year at the next lower grade to be considered for the next higher grade (e.g. one year at the GS-11 grade level for consideration for the GS-12 grade level). Specialized Experience: Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience must be described for each grade level advertised. The specialized experience requirements for this position are: At the GS-12: Qualifying experience for GS-12 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-11 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is experience assisting in administering an environmental protection program which covers safety, occupational health, or environmental management to reduce human or economic losses, injury or damage; and interpreting pertinent legislation, regulations, and standards related to environmental safety to provide guidance on environmental or safety concerns. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


This position does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional Information

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100. Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous active service are eligible for consideration under the Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA). Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Employees: Permanent County employees without prior Federal tenure who are selected for a Civil Service position under Public Law 105-277 will be given a career-conditional appointment and must serve a 1-year probationary period. For more information on applying under special hiring authorities such as the 30 percent disabled veterans, certain military spouses, Schedule A Disabled, etc., explore the different Hiring Paths on the USAJOBS website. Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) provides current or former temporary or term employees of federal land management agencies opportunity to compete for permanent competitive service positions. Individuals must have more than 24 months of service without a break between appointments of two or more years. Service must be in the competitive service and have been at a successful level of performance or better. Refer to PUBLIC LAW 114-47-AUG. 7, 2015 for more information. Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may be authorized. Final determination to pay an incentive will be made by the hiring official at time of job offer.